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Description of Leonberger

he Breed History

The Leonberger originated in the 1800s in Leonberg, Germany. The origins are from many breeds, including Landseer Newfoundland, St. Bernard, and Pyrenean Mountain Dog. The first breed clubs were established in 1889. Leonbergers almost became extinct after each World War, but were brought back by dedicated breeders. AKC recognition occurred in 2010.

Breeding for Function

Their original purpose was to be a family, farm and draft dog. Today’s Leonberger excels as a multi–purpose working dog; the most important task being a reliable family companion.

Physical Characteristics

Height at withers: Males 28 to 31.5 inches (72-80 cm), Females 25.5 inches to 29.5 inches (65-74 cm),

Weight: Males 130-170 pounds (59-77 kg), Females 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg).

Coat: Leonbergers have a medium to long, water resistant, double coat on the body and short fine hair on the muzzle and front of limbs. Mature males carry a mane. Coat colors are lion–yellow, golden to red and red–brown, also sand colored (cream, pale yellow) and all combinations thereof, always with a black mask. A small, unobtrusive stripe or white patch on the chest and some white hairs on toes is tolerated.

Longevity: 8-9 years.

Points of Conformation: Proportion of height at withers to length of body is 9 to 10. Bone is medium to heavy and in proportion to size of body with sufficient muscle to support frame. Head is rectangular with parallel lines. Stop is moderate. Eyes are dark brown, medium size, oval to almond shaped. Ears are of medium size, triangular, fleshy, hanging flat and close to the head. Nose is large, black, with clearly outlined nostrils. Lips are tight, with no drooling. Teeth are scissors to level. Withers are set above a firm level back that flows with a gently sloping croup into the tail. Chest is broad, roomy, and deep, reaching at least to the level of the elbows. Fore and rear quarters are well muscled. Shoulders are well laid–back, 90 degrees to the foreleg. Hind end is well angulated. Legs are straight and powerful. Feet do not turn in or out, with tight arched toes. Dewclaws are usually present in the front, and may be present in the back. The Leonberger has a ground–covering, even and balanced gait. The stride is powerful, easy, free and elastic, with good reach and strong drive giving the impression of effortless power. In motion, the Leonberger maintains a level topline. As the dog’s speed increases, the legs tend to converge toward the centerline.

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